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Finland team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.17CET
Finland have still never reached a major tournament but have proved a competitive force in recent years, sealing a draw away against Spain in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.17CET

Finland team profile

Finland have still never reached a major tournament but have proved a competitive force in recent years, sealing a draw away against Spain in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Mixu Paatelainen
Leading scorers: all-time – Jari Litmanen (32); current – Mikael Forssell (29) 
Most appearances: all-time – Jari Litmanen (137); current – Mikael Forssell (86) 
Association formed: 1907
Nickname: Huuhkajat (Eagle Owls)
Where they play: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki

Having never reached a major tournament Finland's international record is modest, although with Englishman Roy Hodgson in charge they challenged strongly for a place at UEFA EURO 2008, losing just two of their 14 matches, and also proved competitive under Scotsman Stuart Baxter on the road to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, winning five of their ten games. A 1-1 draw away to Spain was the highlight of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P94 W24 D21 L49 F100 A152
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P94 W24 D21 L49 F100 A152

It took Finland 19 UEFA European Championship qualifiers to record their first win, beating Greece 3-0 and following that up with a 2-1 triumph over Hungary at the start of their 1980 campaign. Home and away draws with the Soviet Union underlined their potential but an 8-1 defeat by Greece in Athens fatally undermined it – Finland missed out on a finals place by a point.

That inconsistency has been a feature of their campaigns. Hodgson's team made a flying start to UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, but back-to-back defeats by Azerbaijan and Serbia proved costly as a concluding goalless draw with Portugal left them fourth in the eight-team section. Finland went into the 2012 campaign with optimism, but successive defeats by Moldova, Netherlands and Hungary meant they were always up against it. Baxter departed, and after interim spells under Olli Huttunen and then Markku Kanerva, Mixu Paatelainen took the reins in spring 2011, victories against San Marino and Moldova and a point in Budapest lifting them to fourth.

Memorable EURO matches
06/06/2007: Finland 2-0 Belgium, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Finland gained a fine win and a new nickname as an eagle owl halted the first-half proceedings.

14/12/1994: Finland 4-1 San Marino, EURO '96 qualifying
A rare early winter home game was a triumph as Paatelainen, then 27, scored all four Finland goals.

09/09/1987: Finland 3-0 Czechoslovakia, 1988 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Martti Kuusela's five-year tenure ended in style as his players carried him around a victory lap.

Did you know?
The eagle owl that interrupted the 2007 match with Belgium at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Bubi, was named Helsinki Citizen of the Year that December.

*Last updated 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.20CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/06/2016 22:16 CET
7 September 2014 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe Islands1-3Finland
Referee: Lee Evans (WAL) Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
01/08/2016 08:06:23
11 October 2014 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland1-1Greece
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) Stadium: Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN)
01/08/2016 08:06:23
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland0-2Romania
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) Stadium: Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN)
01/08/2016 08:06:16
14 November 2014 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary1-0Finland
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
06/14/2016 18:03:40
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia2-1Finland
Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
05/18/2016 14:56:19
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland2-1Finland
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/26/2016 10:01:48
9 June 2015 09 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Finland0-2Estonia
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 13:22:40
13 June 2015 13 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland0-1Hungary
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) Stadium: Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN)
01/08/2016 08:06:35
4 September 2015 04 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-1Finland
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
06/02/2016 10:24:43
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland1-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL) Stadium: Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN)
01/08/2016 08:06:32
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania1-1Finland
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
01/08/2016 08:06:26
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland1-1Northern Ireland
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN)
01/08/2016 08:06:24
13 January 2016 13 Jan - Friendlies 2014-16
Finland0-1Iceland
Referee: not available
06/03/2016 08:05:49
26 March 2016 26 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland5-0Finland
Referee: not available Stadium: Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, Wroclaw (POL)
06/02/2016 15:05:42
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Norway2-0Finland
Referee: not available Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
04/06/2016 12:38:41
1 June 2016 01 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Belgium1-1Finland
Referee: not available Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
06/02/2016 08:39:20
6 June 2016 06 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy2-0Finland
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Stadio Friuli, Udine (ITA)
06/07/2016 18:15:13
5 September 2016 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
FinlandKosovo
Referee: TBD Stadium: Turku Stadium, Turku (FIN)
07/25/2016 08:08:52
6 October 2016 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
IcelandFinland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
07/15/2016 02:06:41
9 October 2016 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
FinlandCroatia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Tampere Stadium, Tampere (FIN)
07/15/2016 01:59:55
12 November 2016 12 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
UkraineFinland
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:59:20
24 March 2017 24 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyFinland
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:12:56
11 June 2017 11 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
FinlandUkraine
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 02:10:50
2 September 2017 02 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
FinlandIceland
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 02:10:49
5 September 2017 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
KosovoFinland
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 02:12:19
6 October 2017 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
CroatiaFinland
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 02:04:47
9 October 2017 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
FinlandTurkey
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 02:10:34

General info

  • Founded : 1907
  • Stadium : Helsingin Olympiastadion
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    17/11/2010, Finland 8-0 San Marino, Helsinki
  • Biggest defeat:
    11/10/1978, Greece 8-1 Finland, Athens
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 13
  • Player with most appearances: 38
    Jari Litmanen (FIN)
  • Top scorers: 10
    Mixu Paatelainen (FIN)
    Jari Litmanen (FIN)
    Mikael Forssell (FIN)
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